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Published 5/17/2020

Twenty People Have Now Died from COVID-19 in Shiawassee County, But Only 11 People Died in All of Michigan in the Past 24 Hour Period

Encouraging News In Coronavirus Fight As No Deaths Were Reported in Detroit in the Past 24 Hour Period



The Shiawassee County Health Department is sad to report today that the county has seen its twentieth Coronavirus-related death.  But there is encouraging news both in the county and on the statewide front.  There were no new confirmed cases in Shiawassee County reported on Sunday.

Only 11 deaths were reported in the state of Michigan in the last 24 hour period.  Of the 11 reported on Sunday, none were in the city of Detroit.

The Detroit News says the last time the reported number of statewide deaths was this low was in late March.

On Saturday there were 55 reported deaths statewide.

There were 638 new confirmed cases in Michigan reported on Sunday.  The statewide total now stands at 51,142.  The total number of COVID-related deaths in the state of Michigan is now 4,891.

The number of Coronavirus deaths in the United States today reached 90,978, according to  There are more than 1.5 million confirmed cases nationwide.  346,389 have recovered, the site says.



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Update 5/17/2020

The State of Michigan has suspended Owosso barber, Karl Manke's license, over his defiance of the Governor's Executive Order restricting the operation of such businesses.  A Dallas Texas salon owner who was jailed for violating a similar order is reportedly traveling to Owosso to show Manke support.  Manke closed temporarily on Friday but said he planned to reopen on Monday.

A Grosse Pointe priest is a social media star after images of him blessing Easter baskets with a squirt gun filled with holy water surfaced online.  St. Ambrose Church posted the images on social media of the Reverand Tim Pelc.

Significant flooding is expected in towns along Lake Michigan as a rain and storm system hovers across much of the state beginning Sunday.  Most of the lower peninsula will receive up to two inches by Tuesday.  Some areas, however, could see as much as four.

Two children were rescued from a burning home in Detroit.  A two and four year old were in the home alone when the fire started.  Thanks to a neighbor's quick 911 call when she heard the home's smoke detectors, firefighters discovered the children upon entry.  The neighbor did not know anyone was in the home.

A rally is planned for Rosa Parks Circle on Monday.  Organizers are unhappy with Governor Whitmer's executive orders.  More than 1,000 people are expected at the event entitled "American Patriot Rally - Sheriffs Speak Out."  Organizers say the intended message is to encourage law enforcement to uphold the constitution.

Two people were rescued when a canoe capsized in the Grand River in Lansing on Saturday.  The pair were stranded on a downed tree.  Delta Township Fire, EMS and Eaton County Sheriffs Department responded.

A customer at a Flint liquor store was shot after engaging in a scuffle with a security guard.  Unhappy with limited access to the store due to COVID-19, the man reportedly struck the guard several times.  After the guard pulled out a gun, the man struck the guard again, causing the weapon to fire.  Police say they believe the bullet ricocheted off the ground before it struck the man in the ankle.

A police chase that began in Mackinac County took officers across the Mackinac Bridge.  The suspect vehicle crashed through the toll gate but continued to run from authorities before the driver lost control and rolled over.  The initial attempt to stop the vehicle was in response to a domestic violence call.  The suspect left the scene with a child.  The child suffered minor injuries in the crash.